It’s no surprise that the Nintendo Switch is still selling incredibly well. With a combination of unique console features and amazing first-party support, the Switch is bound to continue its success. But despite the sales, some companies still aren’t totally on board with putting all of their games on the platform. Chief among these companies is, of course, EA.
Over the last few years, EA has released FIFA titles, Fe, and Unravel Two on the Nintendo Switch. Besides these titles, there’s been no further support from the publisher. But if the console is selling well, why wouldn’t EA put more games on the Switch? There are plenty of other sports games they could easily port, as well as some of their simpler titles like The Sims 4.
On a recent financial call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained the company’s reasoning. Supposedly, most Switch owners would prefer to play EA’s games on the Xbox One or PS4. Check out his full response when asked about the possibility of Sims 4 on Switch:
Any time we’re evaluating platform conversations, we are really looking at a couple of things. One, does the game really fit the profile of that platform in terms of the control or the community ecosystem? Two, do we think the community playing on that platform would appreciate the game to go there? Or would they prefer to play it somewhere else?
We have a lot of data that would suggest a great many Switch owners also own a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One or a PC and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch. And so there’s always an evaluation process that goes on a case-by-case basis. And I wouldn’t say that The Sims would never go to the Switch, but I think we’re doing really, really well attracting Sims players. As we said, we did the promotion in the last couple of months and brought in 7 million new Sims players that we expect will engage in that community on a platform that is really tailored to user-generated content, creativity and customization.
Wow! Personally, I know a ton of Switch owners who would disagree with this line of thinking. We can only hope that EA will have a change of heart in the future and choose to release more content on the Switch.
What do you guys think of EA’s reasoning? Is it valid, or is it pretty weak? Let us know what you think in the comments below!